Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring low-income children with a love of reading. On the second Saturday of each month, Reading to Kids gathers over 1,000 children and hundreds of volunteers for reading clubs at Los Angeles area elementary schools from 9am to noon. At the reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read aloud to small groups of children, while their parents receive training on how to encourage their children to read at home. Kids, parents, teachers, and school libraries receive book donations at the end of the reading clubs. These are important donations, as 60% of low-income homes do not have age appropriate reading materials for children.
I am calling on my friends and blog readers to help out during this book drive by donating new and/or gently used books to these kids in the program as well as books for the parents to take home to encourage reading in their households. The organization is looking for books for kids in kindergarten to 5th grade. Our donated books will be given to the children after their reading clubs to take home and build their own home libraries. Parents receive donated books as well so that they can help nurture their child’s newfound love for reading. So dig up some of your childhood books, ask your friends to donate some of theirs or roam the shelves at your local bookstore for the latest releases.
So, if you have any books you would like to donate to Liza and her book drive please let me know! You have until the end of August! firstname.lastname@example.org